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This Lil Piggy… made a pillow!

This Lil Piggy… made a pillow!

This week I finished my pillowcase  as part of the Handmade Cooperative‘s Great Pillowcase Challenge in aide of Pillowcases for Oncology Kids. The Handmade Cooperative recommended pillowcase submissions be in line with your business so I created something for a boy, (because in my business I always like to make sure they are catered for as they can sometimes be left out when it comes to beautiful handmade items) and some pigs of course!

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A Day in the Sewing Room

This week my WONDERFUL family gave me, as part of my birthday present (which was a new sewing space – eeeek!) granted me with one whole day in the sewing room. I came out periodically to fix tea and put out the odd bush fire that only a mummy can – but all in all, it was ONE WHOLE DAY in the sewing room from mid-morning til midnight!

Sewing Room

Happy Birthday to me… minus the hideous curtain

I commenced a few new projects I have been meaning to get to and I finalised a few that had been parked due to shoe priorities. Firstly I completed a custom order for a multi-coloured pair of soft soled baby shoes for a client to take to a rainbow themed (gay pridebaby shower! I think they turned out well and the client says she and mums-to-be were very happy… what more can I ask!

Custom Order – Multicoloured soft soled shoes for rainbow themed baby shower. Shoe inspired by Cameron Sneaker by ithinksew.

I also got back to my Colette Pastille Dress which I desperately wanted to wear my first day back to work after the holidays. The fabric is so summery and bright I was certain it would keep the holiday lingering despite my bland office surrounds. Funny thing is I posted my picture on facebook through Instagram and had received some lovely feedback. After work I dashed quickly through my front door and started picking up my son’s toys when I felt a little breeze in the back… I thought “oh, no have I broken the zip?” only to find I had not actually finished the zip from the waist down… oh the horror if my tacking had of come undone to expose my ass to my colleagues! Seems I was so pleased to have finalised my hip fit (which I find challenging because I have only have little hips, so the big curves in the pattern need to be slashed out) I pressed and went on with my day… the holiday could have really come to an abrupt end (pardon the pun) – sewing lesson learnt!

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Patille Dress

The other little project I finished up was my contribution to the Handmade Cooperative’s Great Pillowcase Challenge for the charity, Pillowcases 4 Oncology Kids.  But I think I will add this under a separate post… so watch this space. To be involved you don’t need to know how to sew – you can simply decorate a purchased pillowcase. Submission must be received by the Handmade Cooperative before 10 February 2013 – see their website (linked above) for details. 

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The Handmade Cooperative Great Pillowcase Challenge for Pillowcases 4 Oncology Kids

So the new projects I will post in the very near future (now that I have written it I am committed!!) are my new sewing room curtains (practical and a little boring I know, but wait until you see the fabric… oh, so beautiful). This is a great project for me because even though rod pocket curtains are notoriously easy, I have always allowed mum to take the lead there… well, no longer – I must do them myself. You really should sew your own sewing room curtains or you don’t deserve a sewing room.

My other little fun project is the Portrait Blouse from Gertie’s Book for Better Sewing (which I also got for Christmas) – I did roll my eyes a little at the thought of  hand-rolled hems but it was surprisingly very therapeutic and the effort is worth the result.  So I have one more arm to hem and a zip to FINISH… (remember FINISH, FINISH, FINISH) and I will share the final product… sneak peak below

Portrait Blouse in Progress – hand rolled hems like a pro!

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